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Unity Update: Cody and Drew

Now that COVID-19 has stabilized in China, our Unity Initiative is once again receiving new children into our program and providing life-saving surgeries to children from rural areas of Anhui province. We recently welcomed two new children into our program: Cody and Drew. Cody was diagnosed with his heart defect when he was less than one week old. This news was “snow plus frost” to his parents who did not want to believe it was possible. They took him to several different hospitals, hoping someone would give them a different diagnosis, as they knew they could never afford the costs of heart surgery on the father’s meager and sporadic income.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Update on Colton

In celebration of Chinese New Year, we’re sharing updates on children served through our Unity Initiative. This program, for kids in poverty who were born with medical needs, is bringing hope to rural families. On our last blog we shared about little Anneke and how her surgery will now allow her to go to school. Today we want to update you on Colton, a handsome little boy who just had his second birthday. Colton had heart surgery back in May during LWB’s first cardiac surgery exchange in Anhui province.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Update on Anneke

In celebration of Chinese New Year, we want to bring you updates on two children who were healed through LWB’s Unity Initiative. This program helps keep families united by providing life-saving surgeries to children living in poverty. We receive requests every single month from families desperate to provide medical care to their children, but who have no financial means of doing so. The letters they send us are often heartrending, as was the one written by seven-year-old Anneke’s mom.

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Healing Home Hero of the Week: Rambunctious Ruth

Last fall, the bright-eyed Ruth came to stay at our Anhui Healing Home, where her eager-to-learn personality quickly became apparent. Ruth was born with a cleft palate, for which she underwent a successful surgery in late November.

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Lucas

Back in 2016, a baby boy born with cleft lip and palate was found and taken to a nearby orphanage. They immediately called LWB to see if we could move him to one of our healing homes, and we then welcomed baby Lucas to our care.

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Jordy’s Journey

In late summer of 2016, an orphanage in Anhui received a one-month-old baby boy who was dehydrated and feverish. The orphanage doctor soon discovered that this baby had a medical condition which required emergency surgery for the baby to survive. They immediately called and asked for our help, and we agreed to admit him to the hospital. We gave him the LWB name of Jordy.

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An Adoption Assistance Grant for Sawyer

Sawyer is an adorable seven-year-old in our Huainan Foster Care program who is waiting for his opportunity for a permanent family of his own. For the past five years, Sawyer has lived with the same foster family.

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Final Day of the Hefei Cardiac Exchange

On their final day in Hefei, the doctors had a wonderful visit and discussion with the cardiac staff of Anhui Children’s Hospital (ACH). LWB has worked with ACH for over 13 years, and two of our cleft surgery exchanges were held here. Anhui Children’s Hospital cares for many of the babies from our Healing Home program, and we always know they will get excellent, compassionate care. Incredibly, this hospital sees over one million patients per year!

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Sunday Surgeries and Updates: The Hefei Cardiac Exchange

Sunday was another great day in Anhui at the first international pediatric heart exchange with Hefei Cardiac Hospital, Little Hearts Medical, and Love Without Boundaries. Our medical exchanges are true collaborations between the medical teams, and this trip allowed for many discussions on the latest advances in research and patient care. During rounds, the doctors checked carefully on each of the children who received surgery on Saturday.

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The Hefei Cardiac Exchange Begins

LWB’s first Hefei Cardiac Exchange is now underway!  Dr. Stephen Langley and Dr. Jeremy Ringewald arrived in Anhui from Florida and were warmly welcomed by the team from the Hefei Cardiac Hospital and LWB’s China Directors. They were given a tour of the hospital and met the little patients who had been awaiting their arrival.

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